Maps as art: The veins of Africa, Australia, Europe, South America, China, India, Mexico the United States, and California. Rivers and river basins visualized by Hungarian geographer Robert Szucs.
“Rivers are amazing. I worked a lot with spatial data during my studies in geography and GIS, and you just see what nature can draw is incredible. Still, all the river maps you see look the same, boring, unspectacular. All lines blue, all the same width. It’s quite amazing how you can make such bad maps from such great source material.”
Kurdistan is a roughly defined geo-cultural region wherein the Kurdish people form a prominent majority population. With a population of about 32 million, Kurds are the world’s largest nation without a state. They are spread across 8 countries, where the Kurds have often fought for greater recognition of their rights. At present, Kurds are largely exercising political autonomy in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) and Başûrê Kurdistanê (Iraqi Kurdistan) while continuing to battle the Islamic State.
Below is a list of place names found on this map.
The AuthaGraph projection was invented in 1999 by Japanese architect Hajime Narukawa, and is one of the most innovative approaches to mapping today. The projection largely preserves the relative area of landmasses and oceans, limits the distortion of their shapes, and avoids cutting continents in half. And unlike it’s irregularly-shaped predecessor, the Dymaxian map, the AuthaGraph can fit neatly into a rectangle.
Perhaps most interestingly, the AuthaGraph projection reflects the spherical nature of Earth in that there are no dead ends. Below you can see the AuthaGraph expanded to show an infinite perspective of the world.
AuthaGraph maps can be reconfigured to make any point on the globe the center of the map. Here is an AuthaGraph map centered on Southern Africa.
And here we see the world from South America, a region that rarely enjoys the privilege of being mapped at the center.
Here’s another view of the world, centered on Europe.
This is how the world looks from the North Pole with the AuthaGraph.
And from the South Pole with this triangular Antarctica-centered AuthaGraph map.
For more information, visit www.AuthaGraph.com
This map shows Lakota Territory as defined by the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie between the United States government and the Lakota in relation to the rest of North America, or Khéya Wíta, meaning “Turtle Island” in Lakota.
Khéya Wíta – North America (Turtle Island)
Osní Makȟóčhe – Alaska (Cold Land)
Uŋčíyapi Makȟóčhe – Canada (Grandmother’s [Queen Victoria’s] Land)
Lakȟóta Makȟóčhe – Lakota Country (Lakota’s Land)
Mílahaŋska Tȟamákȟočhe – The United States of America (Long Knives’ Land)
Spaóla Makȟóčhe – Mexico (Mexican’s Land)
Tȟuŋkášila Othí – Washington DC (Grandfather [The President] Dwelling)
Spaóla Otȟúŋwahe – Mexico City (Mexican’s City)
* Note on the compass – South is oriented at the top, a Lakota custom according to Dakȟóta Tȟaté from the Standing Rock Reservation. In this medicine wheel, North is represented as white. This is how Darrell Red Cloud, an Oglala Lakota friend of mine, designates the colors on the wheel, but he says that other medicine men may do it differently.
Map by Jordan Engel
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President Trump has signed an executive order that bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East from entering the United States for 90 days, according to the White House. His proposed list doesn’t include Muslim-majority countries where his Trump Organization has done business or pursued potential deals. Properties include golf courses in the United Arab Emirates and two luxury towers operating in Turkey.